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Articles by Bill Adair

Bill Adair is the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University and was the creator of PolitiFact.
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“In campaigns around the country, there will be fewer exaggerations and falsehoods. Politicians will try to out-do each other by bragging about their good records for Pinocchios and Truth-O-Meter ratings.”
“He’s like an indestructible monster in a Godzilla movie. The authorities keep firing at him, but he just keeps walking through town, gaining power.”
“People have long mused about live fact-checking on television, but this marked the first in-depth study. It revealed our product could have tremendous appeal — but we need to explain it better to our users.”
“The falsehoods will continue, but the bots will be a force multiplier to provide people with the truth.”
The founder of PolitiFact finds distracting soundtracks and stale headlines, but also a fair amount of lively and effective content.
“Candidates will ignore a lot of the truth-squadding — except when they can use it to attack their opponents. (Politicians hate fact-checking, except when they love it!)”